By Marta Mossburg
The Hendricks County Flyer
Wed Jul 17, 2013, 04:47 PM EDT
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said recently at a private event in Toronto that electing a woman president would send “exactly the right historical signal to girls, women, as well as boys and men.”
What “signal” is she talking about — one that shows women have arrived? Isn’t that already obvious? That Mrs. Clinton is the Democrat frontrunner for the nation’s highest elected office without having declared her candidacy is evidence enough that the United States has changed without looking to colleges, where women exceed men in enrollment and also surpass them in bachelor’s and advanced degrees awarded, or to Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling Lean In. Her book urges women to choose more high-powered positions and in the process shows how free they are to choose their own path.
Recent Supreme Court decisions paving the way for gay marriage in the states and invalidating a key part of the Voting Rights Act also underscore how America has become more free for more people, although progressives only like the former.
That they do not embrace both speaks to a worldview that can’t ultimately accept progress, even on their own terms, as it would annul their argument. After all, for them to move forward the world has to remain backward, so the line keeps moving on what constitutes real progress.
Take the main argument on the left about why the Voting Rights Act should have remained intact even though in the majority of the nine states requiring pre-clearance by the federal government to make election changes, blacks are registered to vote at a higher percentage than whites and months after a presidential election in which a higher rate of blacks voted than whites.
As Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent to the opinion, “The sad irony of today’s decision lies in its utter failure to grasp why the (Voting Rights Act) has proven effective. The Court appears to believe that its success in eliminating the specific devices extant in 1965 means that preclearance is no longer needed.”
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There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
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December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power.
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